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Video: Ex-Los Angeles Undersheriff Found Guilty In Corruption Trial

April 06, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Ex-Los Angeles Undersheriff Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was convicted in connection with a sweeping, federal civil rights investigation of corruption and deputy-on-inmate abuse inside the jail system, which is run by the LASD, reports KABC.

Tanaka was found guilty by a federal jury of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon and reached its verdict Wednesday morning.

The 57-year-old was accused of leading a conspiracy to hide jail inmate Anthony Brown after the LASD learned that Brown was an FBI informant, feeding information to the feds about alleged corruption and excessive force against inmates inside Men's Central Jail.

Tanaka, who is the current mayor of Gardena, CA, faces up to 15 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 20 by United States District Judge Percy Anderson.

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kevCopAz @ 4/7/2016 6:10 PM

Im not privy to the facts, Since he was found guilty I assume now he is guilty. So Im glad to see that investigation and holding people responsible goes to the very top. This is not the case for the most part. Lower ranks are investigated at the drop of a hat, not so for Command staff. The Sheriff at the time (Baca) was there so very, very long Im sure that there are "bodies" buried and more corruption will be found out. Hopefully the Feds will offer this undersheriff a deal (still get prison) to open up and be truthful about that entire organization.

notmeofficer @ 4/7/2016 7:01 PM

Baca and tanaka tarnished 18000 of us with their antics. They both morally and ethically corrupted many people within the ranks and put a black stain upon our department for years to come. The 3000 boys ..the cigar club,, the pay to play promote club.. the butt boys who hung on their tails... every one should go to the last man. McDonald will now have an uphill climb to dig out form under the mess they both created, fostered, allowed, and criminally conspired to engage in. Will tanaka step down as mayor of Gardena?.. he absolutely should...
Give him JAIL time... strip him of any credentials.. I wish we could take their retirements

Im saddened and disgusted... makes many of us want to puke... and retire...

Robert @ 4/7/2016 8:25 PM

The really funny (in a sad way) this guy was calling Baca a crook about 2 years ago.
Perhaps they can share a cell?
That would be funny?

KevCopAz @ 4/8/2016 3:10 PM

YES! Back is a criminal as well. THIS is where most really important "police corruption" takes place, in the command folks and the politicians. Frankly the old days where the street cop was "paid off" to look the other way is for the most part gone. But the days of political favors, huge amounts of tax payer $ funneled to "friends" of those in power, this is the real corruption. Not only in police departments, but Fire departments and ALL Governmental organizations, probably including the Federal DOJ. Where was the California DOJ, the California P.O.S.T. inspectors when all of this was going on? The same Chief's and politicians who claim to be on the look out for corruption are at times the most corrupt. I don't mean all of them, but many, and we all have seen this type of corruption, even if its just a "good old boy" or "promote your friend" kind of situation. Corruption in all forms is criminal and should be stamped out.

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